Swansea City midfielder George Byers believes his side’s trip to face Championship leaders West Brom on Sunday afternoon will be a serious test of their credentials this campaign.
The South Wales outfit started the season in impressive fashion as they won five of their first six matches, but they have struggled to find consistency in recent weeks which means they travel to the Hawthorns without a win in four.
This disappointing run of form has seen Steve Cooper’s side drop down to eighth in the Championship table, but they produced a respectable performance during the 2-1 defeat to an in-form Fulham side in their last outing.
Swansea will now be eager to address their winless run as soon as possible, and Byers has now claimed the Swansea side are looking forward to the clash with Albion as they aim to extended their unbeaten run away from home.
Speaking to the club website, Byers affirmed that Swansea must make a good start to the match if they want to test Slaven Bilic’s side, while he suggested that the clash would be a good test of where Swansea are at currently.
“It will be a really good test of our credentials. They’re top of the league at the moment and a very good side,” he said.
“We’ll be looking to bounce back and get a win, so we must be positive. We’ve got nothing to lose in games like this. We’ve got to try and set our mark in the early parts of the game and take it forward and get a result.
“We’re still unbeaten away from home and that will stand us in good stead. We’re really solid on the road and putting in good performances. There’s no reason why we can’t get another good result.”
Byers has featured regularly for Swansea this campaign having made 20 appearances in midfield, and he will be hoping to keep his place in the side for the West Brom clash following his goal against Fulham last time out.
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Swansea have struggled to find form since the last international break, but their performance against Fulham suggests they are close to breaking their four-game winless run, but this will be a difficult task against West Brom.
The Baggies have been extremely impressive this campaign with Bilic’s side showing no signs of slowing down, as they now target a sixth consecutive win to further cement their spot in the Championship automatic promotion spots.
However, Swansea’s impressive record on the road this campaign puts them in good stead to cause an upset at The Hawthorns, but there can be no doubt they will need to be at their very best.